One with the national government’s thrusts to reduce poverty and practice inclusivity, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been contributing to this agenda through the implementation of emergency employment programs and the provision of livelihood assistance. These programs seek to reduce the risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

Over time, the Department saw the admirable efforts of the beneficiaries to manage and sustain their chosen livelihood grants, which gave birth to the annual incentive and award system—the Kabuhayan Awards.

The Kabuhayan Awards is the labor department’s continued effort in ensuring that the outstanding accomplishments of the beneficiaries, implementers, and partners on livelihood implementation and emergency employment facilitation are recognized and rewarded.

That said, the DOLE – National Capital Region (NCR) conducted a regional deliberation of official entries to select the regional winners and contenders for the nationwide 2022 Kabuhayan Awards on the 18th and 23rd of March 2022, in recognition of the exemplary accomplishments of the beneficiaries in managing their livelihood undertakings.

Guided by Administrative Order No. 32, series of 2020 (Institutionalizing the DOLE Kabuhayan Awards: Awarding of Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Projects), and Administrative Order No. 116, series of 2021 (Supplemental Guidelines for the Selection of Awardees for TUPAD Implementation) which prescribes the process, rules, and regulations of the selection of awardees, the deliberation was convened by the regional awards committee composed of staff from the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division and senior officials of DOLE-NCR.

Such deliberation aims to ensure the veracity of results and that there is transparency and credibility in the selection process.

After tedious deliberations, the following were hailed as regional winners on the following categories:

Major Awards

  • Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project (Individual Category) – Valenzuela City’s “Rastacraft Engraving Services” / Ms. Ma. Nesa C. Sigawan (CAMANAVA)
    Best DOLE-Assisted Livelihood Project (Group Category) – Valenzuela City’s “BARBU Mushroom” / Ms. Fernina Reboredo (CAMANAVA)
    Best Performing Provincial/Field Office Livelihood Focal Person – Ms. Rachel H. Roldan, Administrative Assistant III (CAMANAVA)
    Best Performing Provincial/Field Office TUPAD Focal Person – Mr. Adrian Paul B. Dumaquit, Labor and Employment Officer I (CAMANAVA)

Special Awards

  • Best Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementing DILP – Makati City (MAKATI-PASAY)

Cash awards and plaques of recognition await the winners in each category.

Indeed, these projects have contributed to income augmentation, employment generation and have demonstrated significant potential for growth and sustainability. DOLE wishes that this recognition sparks hope and inspiration to current and succeeding beneficiaries of the DOLE programs to improve and fully utilize their entrepreneurial ventures.

END / Mary Chelsea Espinosa